Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Soccer Coach from Ireland

Stephen O. is a big, black and bubbly VSO volunteer from Ireland. He's originally from Nigeria and speaks English with what I suppose is a Nigerian accent. He's now in Davao City to do volunteer work in Tambayan as soccer coach of the streetkids. We're just his host family for 10 days.

On the first day of work, Stephen said he sang and danced for the kids. He also mentioned meeting a tomboy and was shocked she was so masculine. Stephen: "She really looks like a man!" So he lectured her about why it's better to go through life as a woman. And she (miraculously) had a change of heart.

I don't know if Stephen seriously thinks that pep talk really 'cured' the girl. Gullible to think so. I didn't have the energy to tell Stephen there's nothing wrong with being a homosexual. What held me back was that there are African countries where overt homosexuality is still a sin and people can be imprisoned for that. So sige nalang, I let the urge pass.

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